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Understanding The Policy Context For Open Source Communications Analytics:

Understanding The Policy Context For Open Source Communications Analytics:

Open Source Communications, Analytics Research Development Centre publish first in series of Working Papers

No. 1. Understanding The Policy Context For Open Source Communications Analytics: A Simulation Exercise With The Dept. For Communities & Local Government And The Home Office

A report by Martin Innes (Director Universities’ Police Science Institute & Crime and Security Research Institute, Cardiff University) and Colin Roberts (Operations Manager, Universities’ Police Science Institute, Cardiff University)


This working paper reports findings from a policy development exercise designed to investigate how the increasing use of social media is altering the policy and practice context for monitoring and managing community tensions and cohesion, especially in terms of the community impacts of terrorist attacks and other major events. The work was conducted in partnership with staff from the Dept. for Communities and Local Government and the Home Office.

The work was undertaken as part of the Open Source Communications Analysis Research (OSCAR) Development Centre which is funded by the Home Office / HEFCE / College of Policing under the Police Knowledge Fund, and is led by Cardiff University in partnership with a number of police forces.1 It was triggered by a widely shared concern that the policy, regulatory and legal context for open source work is struggling to keep pace with advances in technology and practice. It is recognized that social media and other big data platforms are having a disruptive and transformative effect upon the institutional and interactional ordering of society. This includes enabling new forms of crime and new ways of policing criminogenic risks. As such, it seemed appropriate to investigate the policy context of open source working and how it could be developed to better reflect the rapid technological and practical advances that are taking place.

Police Communications and Social Media

Police Communications and Social Media

After Woolwich: Analyzing Open Source Communications to Understand the Interactive and Multi-Polar Dynamics of The Arc of Conflict

After Woolwich: Analyzing Open Source Communications to Understand the Interactive and Multi-Polar Dynamics of The Arc of Conflict